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Unity And Diversity In Pauline Eschatology

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Research on Pauline eschatology over the last hundred years has been dominated by developmental theories that suggest a significant amount of diversity between Pauls earlier and later letters. After reviewing these trends in Pauline eschatology this chapter points out particular elements of unity and diversity that have been suggested and argues that while we do find rhetorical diversity in Pauls expression of his eschatological beliefs, resulting from various contextualizations of these beliefs to unique epistolary situations, a structural unity can nevertheless be detected; that is, although we cannot construct a comprehensive Pauline eschatology. We can track Pauls pattern of accessing particular beliefs and see that it is adopted for context-specific rhetorical purposes along what seems to be a coherent eschatological framework organized according to three temporal frames of reference: past, present and future.

Keywords: diversity; Pauline eschatology



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